Europe will get a more costly and more upscale version of the 2011 Vw Jetta

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 3, 2010

Compared to what North American buyers are getting, the version of Volkswagen's new Jetta sedan intended for Europe will be more upscale and more expensive. During the launch of the sedan, VW development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that the Jetta for Europe is built with “higher value” fittings.

For instance, the European Jetta features a soft control panel that has a higher quality feel than the hard control panel of the US version. VW explained that the European Jettas have a sophisticated four-link suspension system akin to what the Golf is fitted with.

It has been installed on the latest model but it has yet to be placed on US models. With this system, the European Jetta is able to offer good handling characteristics. On the other hand, the US version being delivered with a beam axle offers greater driving comfort.

Hackenberg said the new Jetta should not be considered a “student's car” like some of its predecessors but rather, it should be looked at as a high-value sedan with a definite sporty flair. European buyers will pay a high price for their Jetta.

Prices for the new, sixth-generation Jetta at Germany will begin at 20,900 euros (about $29,000). But in the US, Jetta prices begin at $16,000. The Jetta started selling in the US in October its launching in Europe is set for March. The Jetta is slotted between the Golf and Passat models. It is VW’s top-selling model in the US, with annual sales of about 110,000 in the country.

Market researchers JATO Dynamics said that in Europe (where hatchbacks are preferred more than sedans), Jetta sales were only 6,800 in the first eight months, compared with sales of 338,000 for the Golf. More legroom in the rear is offered in the new Jetta as it is 90mm longer than the model it replaces at 4640mm. In Europe, the Jetta will be available with a wide variety of gasoline and diesel engines.

The most fuel efficient version of the 1.6-liter diesel engine has modifications that include stop/start and battery regeneration. It returns 4.2 liters of diesel per 100 km and has a CO2 emissions level of 109 g/km CO2. Buyers in North America are offered one diesel, a 140-hp, 2.0-liter unit, as well as 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter gasoline engines. [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: vw, vw jetta, sedan, europe

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model....
by - October 21, 2016
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Tagged as the most extreme fuel-cell-powered...
by - October 21, 2016
Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the...
by - October 21, 2016
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7...
by - October 21, 2016
Most of you may have heard or already have one of those autonomous home appliances doing the house chores. Thus, it’s not anymore unusual to see a car going places...
by - October 20, 2016